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Chapter 2 : The struggles of Promises
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"Hermione, my room, now " she said, looking at me.
"And I'll talk to you later" she said, looking Malfoy. He smirked. I gave him a warning look. It's best if I handle Ginny, plus I can't have my "boyfriend" an best friend fighting when we just started "dating". He smirked even more. I gave him a look that says I can back out of our plan, he stopped smirking, I smiled knowingly, he rolled his eyes.
"I guess you guys have some talking to do" Ginny said, eyeing us. She turned to me, "My room, ten minutes. Any later and I'll come get you myself" and with that she left.
When she was out of hearing distance, Malfoy burst out laughing.
What a git.
"What, Granger? Our plan is going perfect. This way it saves us from telling people, now since your little redhead friend knows, she'll tell people and soon enough everyone will know. Problem solved"
"Isn't it a little suspicious that we've been enemies for six years but the same day you make a bet with zabini and the guy I liked since First year gets a girlfriend is the same day we start dating?" I say skeptically.
Malfoy thought for a bit, " true, so what are you going to tell Weaslette?"
"The truth." I said.
"What? You can't tell her." He rejected.
"Why not? If I get her in, which will take some convincing but will work, she'll be able to make it more believable." I said.
"Fine. And how is us dating suppose to go? How do we make it believable?" He asked.
"I don't know, just wing it. Wait, are you going home for break?" I asked.
"No, are you?"
"Wasn't planning on it" I answered. Then smiled.
"What?" He asked seeing my face.
"From now to break, we'll wing something, they'll get suspicious, then once everyone comes from break, you ask me out in front of the great hall-"
"I what ?"
"If we say it happened over break I doubt they'll believe us. Well say we got bored so started talking to each other then once you ask me out, no one can say we made it up." I answered
"Fine. I might kill myself but fine" he said grudgingly.
"Alright now I have to go before Ginny kills me" I said
"You can't die until this is over" he said.
"You're such a prick" I replied , then left.
"Why in the world would you make a bet with Malfoy?" Ginny asked after I explained why she heard what' she heard.
"So I can get Ron jealous" I replied
"I agree that he's a git but are sure with making a bet with Malfoy?" She asked concerned.
"Yes. And you have to back me up here. No one dares defy you and Harry will believe you in a second" I said, knowing bringing harry into this will help her agree.
"Would he really?" She asked. I knew bringing up Harry would work .
"Yes. And the plan is for me and Malfoy to stay at Hogwarts For holiday break and once everyone comes back, he'll ask me out in front of the great hall" I said. She laughed.
"Way to embarrass him." She said smiling.
"That's the point. The bloke is willing to do anything to win the bet. I guess he really hates Pansy" I smirked.
"I guess so. And yea I'll help you. If you guys make it too obvious that you're up to something then I'll say how much I want pumpkin juice. If you guys should try harder then I'll say that I want a chocolate frog." Ginny said, oh how she's my favorite red head.
"Thank you Ginny, you're the best" I said and hugged her.
"Oh you thought I was doing this to be nice?" She said with a laugh.
"Oh Godric, what do you want me to do?" I knew she wasn't doing it for free.
"Talk to Harry for me." I knew it was gonna be about him.
"Alright, that won't be a problem."
" okay well I'm tied as fuck so goodnight. And goodluck tomorrow, your first class is potions with slytherin" Ginny winked then left.
"Excellent! Mr. Potter, Mrs. Granger, always a delight to see my two top students!" Slughorns favoritism always bothered me, but seeing the jealousy on Ron's face made me actually enjoy it.
Like always, Harry and I go to the front two seats. Ron tried to act normal while we were eating, which encouraged me to continue my bet with Malfoy even more, how does he expect me to just forget? Since I'm ignoring him, he sits in the back with "Lav Lav". Oh what I will do to punch her in the face like I did to Malfoy. It actually made me feel a lot better, despite was anyone says on violence; in this case it was the answer.
"Okay class, considering we are doing more advanced potions, I have decided to pair students up based on their intelligence" At this, he had everyone's attention.
Great. I mean besides Harry, no one here is as interested in potions as I am, and don't try as hard. And the only way Harry is beating me is because of that stupid book. Unless he pairs me up with Harry, I'm killing myself.
"Harry Potter with Blaise Zabini"
Kill. Me. Now.
Since when is Zabini on the same level as Harry? And I thought we were his top two? Wouldn't it make since to put us together? If I'm with "Lav Lav" or "Won Won", I'm squishing my head with a book.
"Ronald Weasley with Lavender Brown"
Or you can just put them together and make me want to squish my head with two books.
"Draco Malfoy with Hermione Granger"
Now I just want the whole library to fall on me.
Draco smirked, Harry's head turned at me, giving me a sympathetic smile, and Ron rolled his eyes.
At first I thought Draco was smirking because it's a perfect opportunity to make fun of me, and I'm pretty sure that's what the whole class thinks, but he's really smirking because it's a perfect opportunity to go with our plan. Thanks Slughorn.
"Now I want my top two students and their partners at the front. Hermione, you and your partner on the right table; Harry, you and your partner to the left table." Slughorn said with a smile, "and everyone else can sit wherever" wow, way to not make favorites. Slughorn went to write our new assignment as everyone got to their seats.
"Anymore coincidences like this and I'm going to think that all of this Is all going to fail at the end" Malfoy whispered.
"Well maybe if we take these opporunities instead of analyzing them, they'll work to our benefit. Speaking of things working our way, Slughorns party is in a week, guess we can shock everyone by going to together? " I whispered back.
"Sounds like a plan, and Looks like it's already working" Malfoy whispered in my ear. I looked up to see Zabini and Ron looking back at Malfoy and I. Yes we are getting attention, but they seem to look at us suspiciously. Then I realize that we would usually be arguing right now.
"What are you doing, Malfoy?" I said, even though he was just getting the proper ingredients for the potion we were gonna make. He looked at me in confusion, and I gave him a "play along" look, he understood.
"Well maybe if you got off your lazy arse and actually did participated in the first 5 minutes of class, you won't have anything to judge" he snapped back.
"Well I'm sorry I didn't even get time to breathe before you started getting the wrong ingredients!" I said, raising my voice.
"Well I'm sorry, Granger, that I just started getting them, but not everyone is as perfect as you want them." Hold on, this is a fake fight, don't get ahead of yourself, Malfoy. I gave him a warning look, he responded with a sneer.
"No, everyone's not perfect. But I doubt anyone as screwed up as you are, Malfoy." I said.
By now, the whole class has formed a circle around us. Harry in the front, not wanting to get involved but being prepared incase something goes out of hand.
"Oh you want to talk about being screwed up, Granger?" He said threateningly.
"Yes, I do Malfoy." I said, giving him a last warning look, asking if he really wants to start. He smirked wider than he did before. So I guess there's no holding back.
"Really? Because I'm looking at a insecure, know-it-all mudblood who doesn't even know the definition of fuck considering the most intimate you've ever been is holding hands with poor krum, who left soon after, no wonder. You hide behind the Famous Potter, and stick with the same people because people don't dare to be seen around you. he said, did he really just? Yup, no holding back.
Well I guess i won't either.
"Considering being from your family and and a blood-predejuce, no good, ferret, slytherin who builds up his self- esteem by fucking every girl he sees, buys his ways out of his parents money and goes to daddy for everything that doesn't go your way, I don't know how screwed up they can get" I said, fuming. Draco looks furious. But he kept his cool.
"At least I can get girls, you can't even get the one guy you've been chasing since first year" oh, cool. Just imply who I like in front of the whole class, him and his girlfriend.
"That's funny, Malfoy. Because as far as I know, despite anything Anyone has says, you will never be able to get committed relationship anytime soon." and with that I left potions.
Yup, I ended the bet. I'm not going to help him if he's going to mention the one thing that gets to me In front of the whole potions class, especially when that one thing and his girlfriend is there. Merlin, do I hate guys. Why do they have to be so stupid?
"Harry, I know you feel like you have to save the world and everything, but you don't have to come rushing after me every time I leave a room" I said, laughing.
"I do when you're obviously hurt" he said with a smile. He embraced me in a hug, oh how I needed a hug.
I laughed, " oh Harry, you always know what to do" I said.
"That's what best friends are for" he replied.
"You can go back to potions, don't worry, and considering both of Slughorns "top two" students left, he might have a heart attack." We both laughed.
"True, but first are you going to tell me what happened eyewitness you and Malfoy?" He asked, since I ended the bet I can't say anything about it so for once in my life, I have to act dumb. Oh how painful this is going to be.
"Harry by now I think you know that when Malfoy and I are in the same room together, were bound to argue" I Said.
"Yes I know but this time it was... Different." He said.
"How so?" I asked, cocking my head to look confused. Now I wonder if Pansy and Lavender are actually stupid or just pretending, it's honestly not that hard. And guys actually fall for it, weird.
"Well, I don't know, it just seemed like you two knew something none of us didn't" he concluded. Looked like our plan worked even though now there's no more plan.
I laughed then said, "the only thing there is to know is that he's a annoying git" Harry laughed.
"We'll I'm going to go" he said.
"Wait, Harry, later, I have to talk to you about a certain red-head" I said with a smirk.
He smiled then said, "I'm looking forward to it" then left.
Going back to potions is a definite no and I'm really not in the mood to go back to my room so mind as well use this time to walk and think.
"Hermione?" I turned around and saw Ginny looking at me concerned.
"Why do you look pissed?" She asked.
"Because I am" I answered.
"Oh no, who do you want to punch in the face? Was it my idiotic brother?" Ginny asked, getting out her wand.
"No your brother didn't do anything. It was bloody Malfoy" I said, making a disgusting face when I said his name. Ugh.
I explained the whole Potions scene, from us getting paired together to me walking out.
"That little Bastard!" Ginny screamed in frustration. "So what are you gonna do now?" She asked.
"I guess go back to normal. I mean I really don't want to be in this with him anymore. I thought we would at least keep it to a minimum but he seems the same. And I'm not going to do this huge favor for him if at the end, he goes right back to making fun of me." I ranted to her. She nodded in agreement.
"So are you still planning to get back at Ron?" Ginny asked.
"I don't know. I mean If Malfoy didn't ask first I would've have thought of something like that so I guess not" I answered.
"And by the way, I'm still gonna talk to Harry" I said, she turned to me.
"Really, when?" She asked.
"When you're single" I said, her face fell.
"Yea, I was working on that" she said, looking down.
"There's no rush, Ginny. Just take your time" she nodded.
"Well I have to go back to class before Snape has a fit" she said, hugged me then left.
Alone again, and still not ready to go to the common room.
Guess I'll walk around again. The Astronomy Tower seems like a good place to relax, I have a free class Next so this will be perfect. The light is so nice and perfect, especially in the winter when the snow looks beautiful and everything peaceful. Being up here is like non of my problems exist-
"Ow," really? Who in the world would be up here? This is my freaking spot.
Just my luck.
"You know what, I'm not in the mood for another argument so you can stay here, I'll leave" I said turning toward the door.
"Wait! Granger, is the bet really off?" He asked. Of course. That's all he cares about.
I turned toward him. "Yes, it's off. I'm not going through all this trouble just so at the end you can turn around and make fun of me and everything like you just did" I said.
"It's not like you were innocent either" he said trying to defend himself.
"No I wasn't. But I didn't make the bet either" I said.
"You're also getting something out of it, so don't act like you're perfect in the situation" he said, raising his voice.
"First of all, I gave you a warning look that I know you saw and you still kept going, and getting Ron jealous is not the same thing as winning a bet that determines your future. Plus, I have to be seen with you for the rest of the year, and act like I'm in love with you, you just have to go along." He kept opening and closing his mouth, trying to figure out what to say.
"So what do I have to do for you to go along with it again?" He asked, ignoring everything I said.
"You're more ignorant than I thought, Malfoy" I said, pushing past him. I don't care what he says, I'm not putting myself under control of Malfoy.
I've done enough walking around for today, I think my room will be the best. Ugh, stupid boys. Wait, now I don't have a date to Slughorns party, great.
Whatever, I finished all my work due today so time for a nice nap until next class, which isn't until 2 hours from now.
"Hermione! Wake up, you're going to be late to Defense" I heard Ginny say. I'm really not in the mood for Snapes attitude. And with my luck, I have defense with Slytherin, great.
"I'm up, I'm up" I said, fixing my uniform and hair.
"Oh Hermione, you have to show Ron and Malfoy what they're missing out on" she said, flipping out her wand.
She uncrinckled my uniform and made my hair a little less fluffy, not too much to make it seem like I'm doing it on purpose, but enough so that it's noticeable.
"It's not enough" she said, looking me up and down. Ugh, I'm not a bloody Barbie.
"Got it!" Ginny said, accio something I didn't hear her say.
"Here, put this bra on." She said, handing me a black, silky, push-up bra.
"Why?" I asked, eyeing it, is the problem to this situation really a bra?
"Just put it on! Or you're going to be late" way to make me do something. I obeyed, so Snape has nothing to get mad over. I looked to her, and Ginny unbuttoned the first 3 buttons.
"Ginny! Really?" I said, now realizing what she's Doing.
"What? Showing some boob isn't bad. Now go before you're late" ugh, screw you Ginny. I left and went straight to defense. Thanks to Ginny's make over, I was five minutes late, thanks Ginny. As soon as I walked in, I noticed longer looks from guys I never even knew.
"Would you like to explain why you were late, Miss Granger?" I heard Snape snarl.
"I lost track of time, sir" I said, looking away like I usually do.
"Irresponsible, ten points from gryffindor." He said, turning back to the board.
I went straight to Harry. Alright enough attention, I tried buttoning the remaining three buttons, but thanks to Ginny's bra, they came out again, alright maybe if one more try- wow. And my button breaks.
"What happened to you?" Harry asked.
"Ginny happened." I replied. He gave me a confused look.
"She found out these new spells on hair and wanted to try it out, and insisted that she does something to my hair as a test, and decided what I wear" I lied, I couldn't really tell him it was to make Ron and Malfoy jealous.
"Oh Ginny" he said with a smile. I smirked at him, he blushed.
"Now if everyone would go to one side of the class, I need the space In the middle" Snape said, Harry and I got up to go to the wall.
"Granger, we need to talk" I heard Malfoy whisper, stupid git.
"There's nothing to talk about." I whispered back.
"Weasel is already glancing at you every second, him seeing you with someone else would drive him insane." Malfoy said with a smirk.
"Granger, you know you want to get him back, you wouldn't have broken your button if you didn't. And if you date anyone else, he'll be able to handle it. You and I know that seeing us together with automatically make you his" Malfoy said.
"There's rules first. One, no calling me out like you just did. Two, you call Ginny and Harry by either their names of Weasley and Potter, nothing else. And three, any signs of ignorance and it's over" I said, Malfoy breathed a sigh of relief.
"Got it, but there's one rule I have."
"And that is...?" I asked.
"No more backing out, or threatening to back out. We started this now, we go all the way to the end" he said.
"Deal." I answered simply.
"No, pinky promise me" he said, secretly extending his pinky.
I sighed, "I promise"
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